CombatCOVID is the Official COVID-19 notification and information app of the County Government of Palm Beach County, Florida, a diverse community of over a million and a half people.
Unlike other apps, CombatCOVID has never used GPS or location notification in its architecture. The app user’s privacy and identity are protected. No names, emails addresses, locations or personally identifying information is required. There is never any location or identity information acquired by CombatCOVID.
The CombatCOVID app uses Bluetooth signals to determine if you are near another user. All users who have been in close proximity to a COVID-19 positive person will be notified by a push notification recommending they get tested immediately, without revealing anyone’s personal identity. Suggested locations for testing are also provided.
Your device’s phone number is encrypted and never shared with anyone, including local health officials. All data and Information about the device being in close proximity with another device is ONLY stored on the device.
Access to the data indicating the device’s user may have tested positive is only shared IF/WHEN the user chooses to share it. IF the user does choose to share a COVID-19 positive result, they are still totally PRIVACY PROTECTED.
iOS 14 compatibility update
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App has to be running in foreground
I don't like the fact that my phone has to be unlocked and to have the app running in the foreground. My most important concern about having my phone unlocked is that it puts my phone at increased risk of being stolen - and all my information could be easy harvested with an unlocked phone.
Secondly, making sure my phone is unlocked the entire time the app is running, is not only a difficult behavior to change, but it goes against the very fabric of security for technology.
I understand the critical importance of having a quality app for tracking COVID-19 while people are out and about. My only sticking point is the decreased security of requiring phones to be unlocked in order for the app to be effective.
Running app at all times at forefront is meh
I wish we could get around this requirement. This will be hard to remember for many without attention being diverted to other apps.
This app is pointless. It relies too much on the goodwill of the user to input the proper info if they test positive and then it requires the user to keep the app open. Not just running in the background, but open on the screen for it to work...at all times. That goes for anyone using the app. It’s a battery killer and requires too much involvement of the user. What if they send a text or use their maps app and forget to switch back to the Combat COVID app? Then it won’t be tracking at that point. Purpose defeated. Pointless.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.